When you think about buying healthy at a farmer’s market, you tend to think about healthy food. I discovered today that buying healthy can encompass more than gluten free baked goods, pesticide free vegetables and free range livestock.
I had a purpose for going to the North Creek Farmer's Market today. As a local business owner, I wanted to connect with other local businesses and hopefully create a working relationship with them. I wasn’t sure exactly sure what types of businesses that I would find there so I wasn’t sure how successful I would be. It was a great decision on my part to go; I made some great contacts and received lots of good advice. I plan on returning next week, hope to see you there.
There were three booths that really stand out to me in terms of connecting with the owners.
My first stop was at Champlain Valley Candles. Champlain Valley Candles is located in Crown Point, NY which is about a 45 minute drive from The Adirondack Getaway rental. I had a lovely chat with the Jeanine about her candles. I discovered that she makes her candles with soy bean oil which means
- No soot
- Non allergenic
- Biodegradable and water soluble
- Good for clean up in case of drips
- No carcinogens
- Longer burn time
- Lower melting point which allows for the pooling of wax which is where the scent comes from
- The soy bean wax she uses is a 100% American product.
As impressed as I was with her candles, I was more impressed by Jeanine’s willingness to chat with me. I told her a bit about our vacation rental and asked her if she had a flyer that I could put out for our guests to see. She mentioned that she was in the process of designing one and of course I mentioned to her that I was doing the same thing as I was trying to get the Getaway’s name out there. We talked for quite a bit about how I could go about doing that. She suggested I set up a booth at the farmer’s market with pictures and information and if I had some sort of product I could put out that would be even better. I will be returning to her booth next week as she says she should have the flyers available. All in all it was a perfect first stop.
My next stop was Rare Earth Body & Soul by Dar. I have moved from scented candles to scented soap and body lotion. The scent of her soaps and lotions is just wonderful and Dar’s products are made from 100% natural products.
- No animal by products
- Essential Oils
- Colorings from plants
One of the things that I have been dying to do at the rental is to be able to put out locally made soap, shampoo and lotion. I was very excited to learn that Dar makes her products in guest sizes and will put our business name on them. I will be contacting her about providing the Getaway with some awesome soaps and lotions and thanking her for my flyers since she gave me a 20% off coupon to Vistaprint. Rare Earth Body & Soul by Dar is located in Schroon Lake, NY, about a 30 minute drive from the rental.
The next stop was Izzy’s Market & Deli for a chat. I stopped to ask Kathy for a menu to put in the rental. She said yes and asked if I would like to place a flyer in the display at the store. I really need to finish up designing that flyer. I mentioned that I had linked her Facebook page on the rental website and she was very appreciative. Wouldn’t it be nice if we were able to provide business for each other? If you are feeling a bit peckish and it's lunch time head on over to North Creek and have a sandwhich at Izzy's.
I also stopped by the Adirondack Maple Gold booth for some made in the Adirondacks maple syrup for the rental, picked up some pretty yellow mushrooms from Juniper Hill Farms for tonight’s stir fry as well as some free range turkey cutlets for tomorrows dinner courtesy of Whitefield’s Farm .
There was live music playing in the background while I was shopping which was lovely to listen to. I noticed the kids craft corner provided by the library but I did not have time to stop by. I plan on returning next week; hopefully I will have more time to chat with other owners. I forgot my camera so I don’t have any pictures to share. However, Whitefield’s Farm has lots of really good ones on their Facebook page.